Disgraced hauler has failed to pay fine: Westchester

A garbage hauler that lost its contract to run Westchester’s recycling plant after the owner's son passed off strip club visits and other personal spending as business expenses has failed to pay a $300,000 fine, the county alleges in a lawsuit.

City Carting of Westchester Inc. had agreed to wrap up its handling of the Westchester recycling operation and pay the fine in a January 2022 settlement of violations brought against the company. But according to the lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court last week, the money was never paid.

The violations stemmed from an outside monitor's review of the company's financial ledgers in 2020. That review led to the July 2021 arrest of owner Robert Oxer's son, manager Christopher Oxer, who admitted using the company American Express card for strip club visits and vacations and passing them off as purchases of tolls, parts, tires and other equipment.

Westchester County's Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers
Westchester County's Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers

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The lawsuit detailed a January 2021 meeting with officials of the Westchester Solid Waste Commission at which Christopher Oxer acknowledged that he would list entertainment charges as business expenses in the company ledger and his father admitted there were no internal controls to prevent falsifying business records.

A lawyer for City Carting and Robert Oxer did not return messages.

City Carting was able to continue running the Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers and three transfer stations for more than a year after reaching the settlement. Three months ago, the county approved a five-year contract for RC Environmental to take over the operation, with an estimated cost for the first year of $31 million. RC Environmental is a subsidiary of CellMark Inc. and registered in New York in September.

CellMark had tried to get a license for another subsidiary last year but it was not approved by the commission.

Christopher Oxer, manager of City Carting of Westchester, leaving federal court in White Plains on May 4, 2022, after pleading not guilty to tax charges related to company money he spent at strips clubs. Oxer and the company were already facing state charges of filing false reports to pass off his strip-club spending as business expenses.
Christopher Oxer, manager of City Carting of Westchester, leaving federal court in White Plains on May 4, 2022, after pleading not guilty to tax charges related to company money he spent at strips clubs. Oxer and the company were already facing state charges of filing false reports to pass off his strip-club spending as business expenses.

Christopher Oxer, 37, of Darien, Connecticut, spent more than $800,000 using the credit card. After facing state charges brought by the Westchester District Attorney's Office he was arrested last year on federal tax fraud charges related to the $275,000 he did not pay in taxes from the personal spending.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced last month to one year in federal prison and fined $20,000 on top of the restitution for the unpaid taxes. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel gave him until June 15 to begin his prison term.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Westchester NY sues City Carting recycling company over unpaid fine